The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, has assured Nigerians that the current fuel scarcity would be over in a matter of days.
The minister gave the hint on Wednesday in a statement signed by his spokesman, Segun Adeyemi, following the approval of a supplementary budget that made provision for the subsidy payment by the National Assembly (NASS).
He said: “We can confidently announce here today that the scarcity will end in a few days. Subsidy payment till the end of the year has been approved by the National Assembly, and as you know, we cannot spend money without approval,” the Minister said in Abuja.
Mr Mohammed maintained that the 521 billion Naira that was approved by the NASS, as part of the passed supplementary budget of 574.4 billion Naira, would be enough to cover the fuel subsidy till the end of the year.
He said the kind of fuel scarcity that had triggered vehicular queues across the country would no longer occur.
“We can assure you that we will not be caught in this kind of situation again,” He reiterated.
The Information Minister announced a plan to set up an ad-hoc committee comprising representatives of the government, the military and the media to enhance the exchange of information, especially concerning the war against terrorism.
He said that the 2016 budget would soon be submitted to the NASS while expressing optimism that “it will address the yearnings of Nigerians”.